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Beaver Damage in the Woodlot

Beaver Damage in the Woodlot

Beaver Damage Beaver damage – a problem that creates beauty. Now what do we do? We had a surprise, unwelcome discovery in the woodlot late in the summer. Steve discovered a beaver lodge and bog a few hundred yards from the house. It looks like I need to spend more time poking around in the woodlot to see what’s happening out there. Beaver damage can happen fast and I don’t want the little buggers to get any further ahead of…

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Young Bull Moose on an Afternoon Stroll

Young Bull Moose on an Afternoon Stroll

Young Bull Moose A young bull moose visits the food plot on his way to somewhere more interesting. He’s been here night and day, always coming into and leaving the food plot in the same directions. On Tuesday he swung a left at the Y and walked past another camera. We’re game camera junkies. They’re all over the place. Living with wildlife is never dull and usually a joy. I’d like to see this little guy so I’m thinking of…

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Snowshoe Hare Kits

Snowshoe Hare Kits

Snowshoe Hare Kits Last week, in the midst of our quest to add beauty to the homestead, Steve backed the bush hog under a clump of wild apple, pine, spruce and black cherry trees. Ava and Zoey followed their noses to a young porcupine two days earlier, and Zoey came out with quills in her nose, lip and mouth. We got them out but don’t think ZoMonster knows what happened since it was dark, and that she’ll do it again….

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Preventing Nuisance Black Bear Problems

Preventing Nuisance Black Bear Problems

Preventing Nuisance Bear Problems There’s a rogue bear on the loose, being a pain in the backside, and scaring people. It’s probably a yearling that’s been through family separation and doesn’t quite know what to do with itself yet. Sows drive their yearlings away, sometimes violently, to prevent them from being killed by boars during mating season. If the youngsters haven’t mastered finding food they can become problems. Others can find food just fine but take advantage of easy opportunities….

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Hit a Bear? Please Call for Help!

Hit a Bear? Please Call for Help!

Hit a Bear? PSA. Attention please. :/ If you hit a bear please don’t assume it’s okay because it got up and ran. You seldom ever, or maybe never, have seen a dead bear on the side of the road in Maine. They have hard bones but their internal organs are still soft. If you hit a bear, please, please call the warden or police. You might be nothing more than shaken up and your vehicle might be just fine,…

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Wildlife Observation Tips

Wildlife Observation Tips

Wildlife Observation Tips I never, ever take the ability to see a tremendous amount of wildlife for granted. Steve and I went turkey hunting this morning. We didn’t see a single turkey but we did see four bears (more later!), a moose, a fox, three snowshoe hare, 100+ red stag and fallow deer and seven bison. Yes, you read those last three right. We knew about the red stag and fallow deer but the bison surprised us. They’re on two…

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Living with Coyotes on the Homestead

Living with Coyotes on the Homestead

Living With Coyotes on the Homestead Living with coyotes is a part of living in the woods. There were at least two coyotes on a game camera over the winter, far below the numbers we saw in our backyard 10 years ago. The population is under control now. In early March I had Ava and Zoey outside after sunset to run out some of their energy while I closed in the chickens and ducks. We know predators are here on…

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Mink, Two Dogs and a Fire Pit

Mink, Two Dogs and a Fire Pit

Mink, Two Dogs and a Fire Pit What do you get when you combine a mink, two dogs and a fire pit? Chaos. Zoey barked like a maniac. “Poor Ava, she doesn’t get a break…” Ava barked but not in the “rip your head off” tone Zoey has when she’s rough housing. I was on my way to the high tunnel to see if seeds were sprouting when Ava came barrelling at me in her timmy-fell-down-the-well urgency. At our house…

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